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 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
February 1, Friday
JACK DUNLAP BAND
The Front Porch.
Jack Dunlap is the mandolinist for the trio Buds Collective, and he has worked alongside past and present members of Mountain Heart, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Frank Solivan and more. Though he grew up playing bluegrass music, Jack's instrumental ability stretches into genres such as jazz, swing, blues, rock, classical, country, Eastern Indian folk music, polka and many others. At the age of 25, Jack is already widely endorsed. The Front Porch.  8-10pm.  $12-$15.  All ages welcome.  Email: booking@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 201-925-4464. 
 
February 16, Saturday
JEFFERSON CHORAL SOCIETY PRESENTS: CHART TOPPERS OF THE PAST
Jefferson Choral Society.
A concert by the Jefferson Choral Society highlighting past hits. Historic Theater of the Academy Center of the Arts, Lynchburg.  Directions: 600 Main St.  7:30pm.  $Free for children (ages 11 and under) with an accompanying adult, $10 students, $20 adult.  Email: jeffersonchoral@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-528-5700. 
 
February 16 & 17, Saturday & Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLE SYMPHONY AT UVA PRESENTS: RAVEL & KODALY
Charlottesville Symphony.
Notoriously wracked by self-doubt, Brahms took fifteen years to write his first Symphony. After it met with overwhelming success, he composed his second in less than a year. The Second Symphony is the most overtly optimistic of all of his symphonies. Here, it is paired with Haydn's nimble Trumpet Concerto and Ricercar, a work by up-and-coming American composer Nathan Shields. A pre-concert lecture will take place at 7:15pm on Saturday at Minor Hall. Old Cabell Hall & Monticello High School.  8pm Saturday at Old Cabell Hall; 3:30pm Sunday at MHS.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3139. 
 
March 31, Sunday
UVA CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES PRESENTS RIVANNA STRING QUARTET
UVA McIntire Department of Music.
Bringing an array of musicians to provide professional performances to the University and the central Virginia community, the UVA Chamber Music Series presents the Rivanna String Quartet. Old Cabell Hall, UVA.  3:30pm.  $Free-$15.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3376. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Farm & Orchard EventsGo to top of List
 
LOCAL FARMS & ORCHARDS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many great outdoor opportunities for families and perennial favorites are berry-picking, pumpkin picking, and springtime farm visits to see baby animals. In our AF Guide to Family Fun you'll find listings for farms and orchards that welcome families. Please be courteous and call ahead to plan your visit--these wonderful places are also home for the farmers. For details, please click this link. 
 
Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays in November
MORNINGS WITH THE MINIS
Morning Sun Minis.
Spend time interacting with and learning about miniature horses and enjoy an intimate, personalized session. Morning Sun Minis.  Directions: 6946 Louisa Rd.  By appointment.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-272-5267. 
 
THE QUARTERLY PUBLICATION, LOCALLY CHARLOTTESVILLE
Dedicated to promoting locally owned independent businesses, Locally Charlottesville has the scoop on fun, seasonal events happening around town. For details, please click this link. 
 
 FestivalsGo to top of List
 
February 9, Saturday
KID*VENTION 2019
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Strap on your goggles and slip into your lab coat for an annual family celebration of everything science! Explore a wide variety of scientific fields through hands-on experiments, demonstrations, games and more, as the museum welcomes local exhibitors with expertise in areas like biology, chemistry, physics and zoology. Past exhibitors have helped kids race robots, see their heartbeat, plant a tree and make slime. Key Recreation Center.  Directions: 800 E. Market St.  10am-3pm.  $5/family suggested donation.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
February 10, Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLEFAMILY FUN FAIR & CAMP EXPO
CharlottesvilleFamily.
The annual CharlottesvilleFamily Fun Fair & Camp Expo helps parents get a jump on camp shopping. Meet over 80 exhibitors from camps offering horseback riding, sailing, sports training, travel, robotics and much more! With bounce houses, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, great giveaways and special kids' activities! The Doubletree Hotel Charlottesville.  Directions: 29 N, near Sam's Club.  10am-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-4713. 
 
Ongoing
SCHOOL FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Many local schools host wonderful special events each year--fairs, festivals, dances, spaghetti suppers and more. Because they are designed by parents for families you can be sure of having a good time and supporting a worthwhile cause. For details, please click this link. 
 
 History ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
February 2 & 3, Saturday & Sunday
MAYMONT MANSION'S VIEW FROM THE BACKSTAIRS
Maymont.
See the mansion through the eyes of African American employees of 1893 and experience Richmond's Gilded Age showplace from the perspective of those who worked there. Guided tours available every half-hour. Maymont Mansion, Richmond.  12-5pm.  $5 suggested donation.  Email: info@maymont.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166 x 329. 
 
February 9, Saturday
LET'S GO EXPLORE THE PAST THROUGH ARCHAEOLOGY
Monticello.
In honor of Black History Month, join Monticello archaeologists in the Archaeology Lab to discover how the enslaved community lived at Monticello. Kids and their favorite grown-ups will learn about what happens after excavation. Designed specifically for children ages 7-11. Monticello.  Directions: Meets at David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.  10am-12pm.  $10 children 7-11, $12 adults.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
February 16, Saturday
VICTORIAN HIGH TECH AT MAYMONT
Maymont.
A special behind-the-scenes tour reveals the bells, whistles, hidden panels, knobs, tubes and other technological wonders that made the Dooleys' home one of the most modern in Gilded Age Richmond. Maymont Estate, Richmond.  2:30-3:30pm.  $4 members, $7 non-members.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166 x329. 
 
February 18 & 22, Monday & Friday
FREE ADMISSION AT MOUNT VERNON
Mount Vernon.
Visit Mount Vernon for free. On Monday, partake in special wreathlaying ceremonies and listen to esteemed speakers. Watch Continental soldiers drill, fire their guns and charge at the enemy. Listen to the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps playing and enjoy character performances around the estate before sharing birthday cake with George Washington in celebration of his 286th birthday. Thursday visitors get in free, enjoy a patriotic concert and a moving ceremony honoring new citizens. Mount Vernon.  9am-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-780-2000. 
 
February 17-22, Sunday-Friday
ANALYZE: LAB EXPEDITION
Work side-by-side with professional archaeologists to catalog, analyze and mend artifacts recovered from ongoing excavations on the Montpelier property. Ages 12 and up are welcome. Teens ages 12-15 must attend with a registered parent or guardian. James Madison's Montpelier, Orange.  Directions: 11350 Constitution Hwy.  5pm Sunday-7:30pm Saturday.  Email: dig@montpelier.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540.672.2728, ext. 450. 
 
Daily in February
HEMINGS FAMILY TOUR AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
The Hemings Family Tour is a one-hour-and-45-minute small-group interactive tour exploring both the Main House and Mulberry Row through the stories of seven members of the largest enslaved family at Monticello. Explore related narratives of struggle, survival and family bonds across more than three generations. Monticello.  1:45pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
Daily in February
SLAVERY AT MONTICELLO TOURS
Monticello.
Guided outdoor tours focus on the experience of the enslaved people who lived and worked on the Monticello plantation. 12pm & 2pm.  $Included with admission.  Email: info@monticello.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9822. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Every Month, Third Saturday
TODDLER TIME AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Toddlers and their adult companions will love an adventure in the Griffin Discovery Room for story time, crafts, and special activities - the perfect introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson! Monticello, Griffin Discovery Room.  9-10am.  $10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
 Markets & BazaarsGo to top of List
 
February 2, Saturday
RVCC WINTER MARKET AND PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Find local produce, meats, cheeses, jams, baked goods, greenery, arts and crafts. The market coincides with RVCC's pancake breakfast served from 8:30-10:30am. Rockfish Valley Community Center, Afton.  8:30am-12pm.  $Free.  Contact: Donna Kincaid.  Email: mountainvision@earthlink.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-1725. 
 
January 12, February 9 & March 9, Saturdays
WINTER MADISON FARMERS' MARKETS
Madison Farmers' Market.
Come out to the winter markets at Hoover Ridge Park. Hoover Ridge Park, Madison.  Directions: 1110 Fairground Rd.  10am-12pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
January 19-March 23, Saturdays
WINTER FARMERS MARKET
IX Art Park.
The IX Art Park is opening both the outdoor piazza and heated indoor event space to farmers and vendors to peddle their wares. Free parking, ADA-accessible restrooms and seating areas are located on-site. Market Central will be present to accept SNAP and EBT cards. IX Art Park.  9am-1pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Lindsay.  Email: lindsay@ixartpark.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-207-2355. 
 
 MoviesGo to top of List
 
January 22, Tuesday
SCHOOL'S OUT MOVIE AFTERNOON
JMRL-Gordon Avenue Library.
Stay inside at the Gordon Avenue Library for a special screening of "A Wrinkle in Time" (2018), rated PG. Popcorn will be provided. Gordon Avenue Library.  2-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
February 15, Friday
FREE MOVIE FRIDAY: GREEN BOOK
Piedmont Virginia Community College.
The PVCC Student Art Club sponsors a free screening of "Green Book" at Free Movie Friday, shown on the big screen in the Main Stage Theatre. V. Earl Dickinson Building, PVCC.  7:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: PVCC Box Office.  Email: boxoffice@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-961-5376. 
 
February 17, Sunday
PARAMOUNT PRESENTS: DISNEY'S THE ROCKETEER [PG]
The Paramount Theater.
A period adventure based on the comic books by Dave Stevens. A stunt pilot discovers a jet pack hidden in a biplane and becomes the high-flying hero known as The Rocketeer. But when Nazis want to use the rocket as a weapon, he must use his alter ego to save the day. The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $5 youth, $7 adult.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
Second Tuesdays
FAMILY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES
JMRL-Northside Library.
Bring a blanket and pillow, and settle in for a family-friendly movie. Snacks and juice boxes will be provided. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
 MuseumsGo to top of List
 
November 16-January 6
MAYMONT MANSION HOLIDAY TOURS
Maymont.
Lavish decorations and old-timey activities bring a Victorian Christmas to life. Take a guided tour to observe the mansion up-close in all its splendor. Closed Mondays, as well as Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year's Day. Maymont Mansion, Richmond.  12-5pm, with tours available every half-hour (last tour at 4:30).  $5 per person.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@maymont.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166, ext. 329. 
 
October 19-January 27
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE COLLECTION OF HEYWOOD AND CYNTHIA FRALIN
The Fralin Museum of Art.
The collection includes works by John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Robert Henri, Reginald Marsh and many other notable artists of the period. It is presented in conjunction with exhibitions of Georgia O’Keeffe’s work during her time at the University of Virginia and historical and contemporary Native American works from the Museum’s holdings. The Fralin Museum of Art.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-906-1022. 
 
January 9, February 6, March 6, April 3 & May 1, Wednesdays
PICTURES & PAGES WITH GLYNIS WELTE
The Fralin Museum of Art / JMRL.
Start with a book and then go look as you take a visit The Fralin Art Museum to share stories, music, and movement. Then the docents invite the youngest art patrons to explore the Museum. Stories will help enrich the art experience of the current exhibit. Ages 2-4. The Fralin Museum of Art.  10-11am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 2 to 4.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
First Friday of every month
FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Explore More Discovery Museum.
Kids can participate in fun activities designed to help them understand how to build a foundation and frame for everything from muscles and bones to house and home. Explore More Discovery Museum.  Directions: 150 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  4-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-8900. 
 
Every Friday
GREAT ARTISTS PROGRAM
Art history comes alive in engaging hands-on presentations and conversations as artists of all ages come together to learn about some of the world’s great artists. Think you can’t create? Pick up the media of the masters and let your creativity run wild. You might just surprise yourself! Amazement Square .  4-5pm.  $Free with admission .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
Tuesday Mornings
NEW PARENT MEETUP
Virginia Discovery Museum.
New parents are invited to meet others just starting out on this parenting journey and to chat about all things mom and dad. Children under 1 receive free admission. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Third Fridays
SCIENCE AFTER DARK
Science Museum of Virginia.
Each month offers a quirky and unique theme. Spend a night exploring the exhibits, with custom, all-live astronomy presentations at 6:30pm and 7:15pm in The Dome and a classic movie at 8pm on the largest screen in the state. Science After Dark features hands-on activities and stargazing on the front lawn with the Richmond Astronomical Society. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  5pm.  $10 general public.  Email: info@smv.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
First Wednesdays
WEGMANS PAY WHAT YOU WISH WEDNESDAY
Wegmans/Virginia Discovery Museum.
Admission to the museum is by donation today. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  10am-5pm.  Email: gallerymanager@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Tuesdays
TODDLER TALES
Amazement Square.
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday to focus on preschool preperation through fun and engaging activities, songs, take-home activities and a themed story time. Amazement Square, The Big Red Barn.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
 Nature & Park ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
February 2, Saturday
WILDROCK'S KICK-OFF THE YEAR PIE PARTY
Wildrock.
Stop by Wildrock to learn about volunteer opportunities while enjoying pie. To register and for more information, email info@wildrock.org Wildrock.  Directions: 6600 Blackwells Hollow Road, Crozet.  2-4pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Carolyn Schuyler.  Email: info@wildrock.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-825-8631. 
 
January 14 - February 28
HALF-PRICE ADMISSION DAYS AT LEWIS GINTER
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
There is plenty to see at the Garden in January and February. The warm and cozy Conservatory beckons with aromatic orchids, blooming cactus, birds-of-paradise and other tropical flowers. Did you know that there are over 200 orchids at Lewis Ginter and winter is one of the best times to see them flowering? Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  9am-5pm.  $4 children, $6 adults & seniors.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
First Saturdays
BLUE RIDGE YOUNG BIRDERS MONTHLY MEETING
Blue Ridge Young Birders Club.
Does your child have an interest in nature or a passion for birds? Come see two club members discuss birding the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The meeting is preceded by a 7:30am bird walk that is fun and informative. The event is open to kids 7-18 and their parents. Education Building of Ivy Creek Foundation.  9:30am, 7:30am bird walk.  $free.  Recommended for ages 7 to 18.  Contact: Mary Mapel.  Email: info@blueridgeyoungbirders.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-363-5035. 
 
February 1, Friday
FIRST FRIDAYS UNDER THE STARS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Learn about the stars and other celestial objects. Start with a short talk in the education building then after the skies darken, volunteers help point out constellations and nebula. Use the Charlottesville Astronomical Society's telescope or bring your own. Cloudy skies cancel the outdoor portion. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  7:45-9pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: director@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
Second Mondays & Final Thursdays
LITTLE NATURALISTS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Introduce your 3 to 5 year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Trained guides will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  10-11am.  $Free.  Contact: Jill Watt.  Email: jillheffwatt@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 717-850-1461. 
 
Third Friday of every month
LIVESKY PLANETARIUM SHOW
Science Museum of Virginia.
Take a guided tour of the current night sky and find out about the latest celestial happenings. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and make requests of your astronomer host. Since the sky is always changing and audience questions and requests vary, each LiveSky show is different. No LiveSky during the month of April. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  6pm.  $5 nonmembers; free for members.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1431. 
 
Saturdays
MORNINGS IN THE MOUNTAINS
Wintergreen Nature Foundation.
Join a Foundation naturalist for an interpretive walk in the woods. Explore the many wonderful aspects of Wintergreen's natural environment. Trillium House.  Directions: Rt. 29S to I-64W to Exit 107 (Crozet, Rte 250). Take 250W to Rte 151S, turn left. Take 151 to Rte 664, 14.2 miles. Turn right at 664.  10am.  $3 members, $5 non-members..  All ages welcome.  Email: info@twnf.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-325-8169. 
 
First and Third Fridays
PUBLIC NIGHT AT THE MCCORMICK OBSERVATORY
UVA Leander McCormick Observatory.
View celestial objects through the historic 26-inch McCormick Refractor and other smaller telescopes year-round, weather permitting. Tour the Observatory, hear a presentation by an astronomer and see the exhibits. McCormick Observatory.  9-11pm mid March-early November, 7-9pm early November to mid March.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-1885. 
 
Ongoing
STARGAZING 101
Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.
Learn the names and locations of each season's major constellations and bright stars. Learn how to spot planets, use a star map and use binoculars for a closer look at the night sky. Fee and registration required. 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Third Friday of every month
STARS AND PLANETS
Science Museum of Virginia.
Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the front lawn as they share their telescopes for a look at the night sky (weather permitting). Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Times vary from month to month.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
First Saturday Monthly
FIRST SATURDAY BIRD WALK
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come for an early morning bird walk with Amy Neale of the Monticello Bird Club. Beginners always are welcome, and binoculars are available to share. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area to participate. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  7:30-9am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
 PerformancesGo to top of List
 
January 30, Wednesday
TANDEMONIUM - ARTS DEPARTMENT SHOWCASE
Tandem Friends School.
The Tandem Friends School Arts Departments takes over C'Ville Coffee for the evening for a celebration of the arts. Listen to student music by many talented groups, watch student-made films, view student artwork, purchase delicious food and drink from C'Ville Coffee. C'ville Coffee.  6-7:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Mark Goldstein.  Email: mgoldstein2@tandemfs.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-1303. 
 
February 1, Friday
JACK DUNLAP BAND
The Front Porch.
Jack Dunlap is the mandolinist for the trio Buds Collective, and he has worked alongside past and present members of Mountain Heart, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Frank Solivan and more. Though he grew up playing bluegrass music, Jack's instrumental ability stretches into genres such as jazz, swing, blues, rock, classical, country, Eastern Indian folk music, polka and many others. At the age of 25, Jack is already widely endorsed. The Front Porch.  8-10pm.  $12-$15.  All ages welcome.  Email: booking@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 201-925-4464. 
 
February 4, Monday
ARTS EDUCATION PRODUCTION: CAT IN THE HAT
The Wayne Theatre.
The mission of this program is to present the best educational theater that engages children of all ages in meaningful ways, complements school curricula, and cultivates appreciation of the performing arts. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  9:30am & 12:30pm.  $7.50.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
February 4, Monday
ST. OLAF ORCHESTRA LIVE IN CONCERT
The Paramount Theater.
The St. Olaf Orchestra, led by conductor Steven Amundson, was recently named the winner of the 2013 American Prize for Orchestral Performance among colleges and universities. As part of the internationally-acclaimed St. Olaf Christmas Festival, the orchestra has been broadcast on PBS and public radio stations nationwide. The Paramount Theater.  7:30pm.  $10, students free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
February 9, Saturday
BALLETSCHOOL DANCE GROUP WINTER PERFORMANCE
BalletSchool of Charlottesville.
The program will feature new works choreographed by BalletSchool faculty and students. PVCC Dickinson Building.  7-8pm.  $Free and open to the public, donations accepted.  For details, please click this link. 
 
February 9, Saturday
FIDDLE MASTERCLASS WITH APRIL VERCH
This class will provide an overview of the various regional Canadian fiddle styles and explore what makes each of them unique. Participants will learn to play at least one tune distinctive to each style and apply the bowing patterns and ornamentation techniques that correspond to regional Canadian fiddle styles. Tunes will be taught by ear, so feel free to bring your recording device and lots of questions. The evening before this workshop, The April Verch Band will perform at Prism Coffeehouse. The Front Porch.  10:30am-12pm.  $40.  All ages welcome.  Email: booking@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 201-925-4464. 
 
February 10, Sunday
THE UNDERWATER BUBBLE SHOW
Altria Theater.
Inspired by the artistry of Cirque du Soleil, this lavish Latvian production uses drama, mime, dance, puppetry, juggling, sand art and theatrical magic to whisk families to an imaginary bubble world bursting with possibilities. Altria Theater, Richmond.  1pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-514-3849. 
 
February 16, Saturday
EZIBU MUNTU
PVCC and CBS 19 News.
Celebrate Black History Month with high-energy drumming and dancing. Don't miss this spectacular display of African tradition and artistic custom. Piedmont Virginia Community College.  7:30pm.  $10 seniors/students, $12 adults.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
February 16, Saturday
UPFRONT: EVENING OF ROMANCE
Charlottesville Ballet.
Bring your valentine to enjoy an up-close ballet performance and wine and hors doeuvres celebration sponsored by The Shebeen Pub & Braai. The intimate act includes romantic duets plus newly commissioned works. 4 & 7pm.  $15 children, $20 students/seniors/military, $25 adults.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@charlottesvilleballet.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-227-7592. 
 
February 8-17
BROADWAY OUR WAY: A TEEN MUSICAL REVUE
Four County Players.
Songs in the Cellar presents Broadway Our Way: A Teen Musical Revue, directed and choreographed by Geri Carlson Sauls. Music direction is by Erica Umback, and vocal direction is by Natalee Louise McReynolds. Four County Players.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-5355. 
 
February 14-17, Thursday-Sunday
RICHMOND BALLET PRESENTS: CINDERELLA
Dominion Energy Center.
Cinderella, her Fairy Godmother, her stepsisters and the Prince will grace the Carpenter Theatre stage over Valentines Day weekend. Filled with gusty humor and lyrical romance, Malcolm Burns Cinderella offers a unique telling of a centuries-old story that still touches viewers hearts today. The Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Energy Center.  Directions: 600 E. Grace St., Ste. 400.  Varies by Date.  $25-$125.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-592-3330. 
 
Sundays
TELL US A TALE RADIO SHOW
University of Virginia's WTJU fm 91.1.
An outstanding radio program of storytelling and music for children hosted by Peter Jones. Peter also works with local school children to produce special programs. 12-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-0885. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Third Thursdays
THURSDAYS AFTER SIX
JMRL- Northside Library.
Bring your chair to the back patio, and enjoy some live music. This is a program for all ages. You can even dance in the parking lot! JMRL- Northside Library.  6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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January 18-21, Friday-Monday
MARTIN LUTHER KING WEEKEND AT WINTERGREEN
Wintergreen Resort.
Lots of fun planned for this LONG weekend. Wintergreen Resort.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Wintergreen Activities.  Email: info@wintergreenresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-8180. 
 
January 28, Monday
ALICE IN WONDERLAND PARTY
JMRL-Central Library.
Celebrate Lewis Carroll's birthday with stories, crafts and other wonderful things in this madcap party featuring caterpillars, cakes and cats. Best for ages 3+. Central Library.  4-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
January 30, Wednesday
TANDEMONIUM - ARTS DEPARTMENT SHOWCASE
Tandem Friends School.
The Tandem Friends School Arts Departments takes over C'Ville Coffee for the evening for a celebration of the arts. Listen to student music by many talented groups, watch student-made films, view student artwork, purchase delicious food and drink from C'Ville Coffee. C'ville Coffee.  6-7:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Mark Goldstein.  Email: mgoldstein2@tandemfs.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-1303. 
 
February 2, Saturday
GRANDPARENTS CLASS
UVA Healthy System.
A class for expectant grandparents and family members. Prepare for the addition to your family by learning what's new in labor and delivery and baby care. We'll review basic safety tips and the latest in baby gear. We'll also discuss how to help the new family in the first year. UVA Hospital, Room 8614.  10am-12pm.  Email: prenatalclasses@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-9920. 
 
February 2 & 3, Saturday & Sunday
ANNUAL FATHER/DAUGHTER VALENTINE'S DANCE
Charlottesville Ballet.
The afternoon will include a mini-performance, refreshments, a decorate-your-own-treat table, Valentine decorating, and plenty of dancing with special activities led by the dancers of Charlottesville Ballet. This semi-formal event celebrates the parent/child relationship; moms, dads, sons and daughters are welcome to attend. Charlottesville Ballet Studios.  1pm or 4:30pm Saturday & 2pm Sunday.  $15 kids, $20 adults.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-227-7592. 
 
February 7 & 14, Thursdays
HANDCRAFT GROUP
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
If youre crafty, this is the group for you. Come swap ideas, learn new skills, or just enjoy the conversations. Bring a project in progress, or the supplies you need to get started. Scottsville Library.  10am-12pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
February 8 & 9, Friday & Saturday
FATHER/DAUGHTER DANCE
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Dads (Uncles and Grandpas too) take your little Valentine out for a fun night of dancing! Dress to impress! DJ and light refreshments provided. For daughters ages 12 and under. Carver Recreation Center.  6-8pm.  $10 city resident, $15 non-resident.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3260. 
 
February 9, Saturday
FIDDLE MASTERCLASS WITH APRIL VERCH
This class will provide an overview of the various regional Canadian fiddle styles and explore what makes each of them unique. Participants will learn to play at least one tune distinctive to each style and apply the bowing patterns and ornamentation techniques that correspond to regional Canadian fiddle styles. Tunes will be taught by ear, so feel free to bring your recording device and lots of questions. The evening before this workshop, The April Verch Band will perform at Prism Coffeehouse. The Front Porch.  10:30am-12pm.  $40.  All ages welcome.  Email: booking@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 201-925-4464. 
 
February 10, Saturday
GREENS COOK OFF 5
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.
The fourth greens and macaroni & cheese cook-off. Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.  2:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: admin@jeffschoolheritagecenter.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-260-8720. 
 
February 9-10, Saturday & Sunday
CHINESE NEW YEAR AT HORTON
Horton Vineyards.
Come celebrate the Chinese New Year with special complimentary gift offers to wine buyers and let the kids do some crafts while you're there. Kids can make their own dragon masks, among other things. Horton Vineyards, Gordonsville.  10am-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-7440. 
 
February 10, Sunday
THE UNDERWATER BUBBLE SHOW
Altria Theater.
Inspired by the artistry of Cirque du Soleil, this lavish Latvian production uses drama, mime, dance, puppetry, juggling, sand art and theatrical magic to whisk families to an imaginary bubble world bursting with possibilities. Altria Theater, Richmond.  1pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-514-3849. 
 
February 12, Tuesday
FOR THE LOVE OF GARDENS WALK
Maymont Foundation.
Share your passion for Maymont (and snuggle with your special someone!) as you enjoy a wonder-filled winter walk through Maymonts gardens and grounds. Enjoy river vistas, spectacular trees, landscape features and late winter blossoms during this exclusive after-hours tour. Register by February 11. Maymont Mansion.  5-6pm.  $10 donation.  Email: info@maymont.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166 x329. 
 
February 16, Saturday
FAMILY ART JAMS: DANCING SHAPES 2D
The Fralin Museum of Art.
These popular programs combine age-appropriate tours with hands-on art activities that make the Museum's exhibitions accessible to children. Two sessions at 13 pm: 57 year olds with their grownups & 35 pm: 812 year olds with their grownups. The Fralin Museum of Art.  1pm & 3pm.  $Free.  Contact: Fralin Education Department.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
February 17, Sunday
PARAMOUNT PRESENTS: DISNEY'S THE ROCKETEER [PG]
The Paramount Theater.
A period adventure based on the comic books by Dave Stevens. A stunt pilot discovers a jet pack hidden in a biplane and becomes the high-flying hero known as The Rocketeer. But when Nazis want to use the rocket as a weapon, he must use his alter ego to save the day. The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $5 youth, $7 adult.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
February 16-18, Saturday-Monday
PRESIDENTS' DAY WEEKEND
James Madison's Montpelier.
Take specialty tours, hike 8+ miles of walking trails, peruse galleries and enjoy barbecue. On Sunday, Linda R. Monk, constitutional scholar, journalist and national award-winning author, will discuss her books on the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. James Madison's Montpelier.  Varies.  $Varies.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728 x450. 
 
February 17-22, Sunday-Friday
ANALYZE: LAB EXPEDITION
Work side-by-side with professional archaeologists to catalog, analyze and mend artifacts recovered from ongoing excavations on the Montpelier property. Ages 12 and up are welcome. Teens ages 12-15 must attend with a registered parent or guardian. James Madison's Montpelier, Orange.  Directions: 11350 Constitution Hwy.  5pm Sunday-7:30pm Saturday.  Email: dig@montpelier.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540.672.2728, ext. 450. 
 
October-May, Saturdays
ROLLER SKATING
Albemarle County Parks and Recreation.
Greenwood Community Center is open every Saturday night for roller skating under the Disco ball. Greenwood Community Center, Crozet.  Directions: 865 Greenwood Rd.  6-9pm.  $skate rental $3, bring your own skates $2, entrance fee for non-skaters $2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5844. 
 
January 26-July 27, Fourth Saturdays every other month
FAFSA SUPER SATURDAY WORKSHOPS
PVCC.
Need help completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid form? PVCC can help. Students and parents should bring copies of tax returns, wage statements and records of all sources of income. Before attending, students and parents should also create an FSA ID at fsaid.ed.gov. PVCC Main Building, Room M154.  9am-12pm.  $Free and open to the public.  Email: finaid@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link. 
 
December 9, Sunday
SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS AT PHARSALIA
Pharsalia.
Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a day of stories, crafts and Christmas cheer. Professional photos with Santa and snacks are included. Pharsalia, Tyro.  Directions: 2333 Pharsalia Rd.  1-5pm.  $40 first child per family, $10 each additional.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@pharsaliaevents.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-5231. 
 
Second Fridays
$1 FAMILY NIGHT
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Come out for the $1 per person event every second Friday of the month at the Downtown location of the Children's Museum of Richmond. Starts June 8, 2018. CMoR Downtown.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7062. 
 
First Thursdays
BLUE RIDGE IRISH MUSIC SCHOOL OPEN SESSIONS
Blue Ridge Irish Music School.
Slower, beginning musicians can play together at 6pm followed by intermediate-advanced, faster musicians at 7pm. Listeners and players are welcome. C'ville Coffee.  6-8pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: cvillesession@brimstunes.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-409-9631. 
 
First Saturdays
COMMUNITY BREAKFASTS
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Volunteers from the community serve up breakfast at a great price. A wonderful way to meet your neighbors. Rockfish Valley Community Center.  Directions: 190 Rockfish Lane, Afton.  8:30-10:30am.  All ages welcome.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0100. 
 
Thursday Afternoons
DISCOVERY CLUB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Each week holds a new discovery as you explore art, science, cultures and animals through crafts, experiments, games and more. Ages 4-8. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  4-4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
Every Second Monday
KID LIT
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Kids 2 and up enjoy a STEAM-related story every second Monday, then extend learning with a corresponding hands-on art craft, science experiment, or building challenge. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30am.  Email: vol@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
Tuesdays
LIFT YOUR SPIRIT IN SONG AT LITTLE PLANETS
Little Planets.
Jessica Beers leads this playful gathering for all ages that is designed to strengthen voices and spirits using the power of positive affirmation through song. Instruments are welcome and some small instruments will be available. Class may contain references to God and spirit. Little Planets Playroom, IX Park.  Directions: In the Gallery in the Dream Big building.  2:30pm.  $5.  Email: info@ourlittleplanets.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-209-4717. 
 
Saturdays
LIVING LAB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA meet each Saturday afternoon with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  1-3pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays in November
MORNINGS WITH THE MINIS
Morning Sun Minis.
Spend time interacting with and learning about miniature horses and enjoy an intimate, personalized session. Morning Sun Minis.  Directions: 6946 Louisa Rd.  By appointment.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-272-5267. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
PINBALL AT PAUL'S PINBALL PALACE
Pinball Palace.
Come out and play unlimited pinball on machines dating all the way back to 1947. The Glass Building.  7-11pm Fridays, 1-6pm Sundays.  $10 for unlimited play. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
ROLLER SKATING AT CARVER RECREATION CENTER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Roller skating has returned to Carver Recreation Center. This free event occurs Fridays from 5pm-8pm and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. Skates are provided and there is no charge for this activity. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  5-8pm Fridays; 1-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3053. 
 
Third Fridays
SQUARE AND CONTRA DANCING AT THE FRONT PORCH
The Front Porch / C-ville Hoedown.
Come for square and contra dancing with caller and local favorite Brian Hamshar, who will have beginners dancing in no time. No need to bring a partner. Wheelhouse plays lively celtic-inspired music served up by accordion, piano, flutes and pipes. Everyone is welcome. The Front Porch.  7:30pm beginner's workshop, 8-10pm dance.  $10 adults, $5 students, 12 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 806-7062. 
 
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January 21, Monday
5TH ANNUAL "WALK A MILE FOR MARTIN" EVENT
Albemarle County Public Schools.
Students, teachers and families are invited to walk at least one mile around the neighborhood to walk for positive purposes or against injustices that exist in our society. Run or walk as many miles as you like. Woodbrook Elementary School.  11am-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome. 
 
January 5, 15 & 22
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer our 'Hoos at home! John Paul Jones Arena.  Varies by date.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
January 3, 10, 13 & 27
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home! John Paul Jones Arena.  Varies by date.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
February 10, Sunday
TRI TO STAY WARM - USATRI60 INDOOR TRIATHLON 2019
Charlottesville Multisports Events / Piedmont YMCA.
Break out of your usual workout routine for 60 minutes of swim, bike and run. Participants will complete 10 minutes of swimming, 30 minutes of cycling on stationary bikes and 20 minutes of running or walking on a treadmill -- all indoors. This new event is perfect for beginners and experienced triathletes ages 15+. In the spirit of TRI-ing to stay warm this winter, a tropical theme and awards will be given to the top 3 most "tropical" gym wear. Brooks Family YMCA.  7:30am.  $35-$50.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
February 11, Monday
ACC MEN'S BASKETBALL: UVA V. UNC
The Paramount Theater.
Cheer on the 'Hoos live on the big screen. Concessions will be available throughout the game. Pre-registration is encouraged. The Paramount Theater.  7pm.  $free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
February 15-18, Friday-Monday
PRESIDENTS WEEKEND AT WINTERGREEN
Wintergreen Resort.
A long weekend to take advantage of great skiing, riding and tubing. Some of the best conditions are in February. Wintergreen Resort.  9am-10pm.  $Varies by activity.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-2200. 
 
February 2, 9, 16 & 22
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL HOME GAMES
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer our 'Hoos at home against Miami (Feb. 2), Duke (Feb. 9), Notre Dame (Feb. 16) and Georgia Tech (Feb. 22). John Paul Jones Arena.  Vary.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
February 7, 10, 21 & 24
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HOME GAMES
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on the 'Hoos at home as they take on Boston College (Feb. 7), Duke (Feb. 10), Louisville (Feb. 21) and Georgia Tech (Feb. 24). John Paul Jones Arena.  Vary.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
UVA CAVALIERS
University of Virginia.
Go Hoos!!! Youth Day games provide extra treats for the kids! Season schedule and games scores available through web link. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-5631. 
 
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January 26, Saturday
DONUTS WITH DAD
JMRL-Central Library.
A delicious read-aloud time designed especially for dads to share with their little dumplins. Donuts, coffee, and juice will be served along with storytime fun. For dads, granddads, uncles or buddies with children ages 2-5. Central Library.  11-11:30am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 2 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
February 2, Saturday
STORYTIME & ACTIVITIES FT. ELMO'S SUPER-DUPER BIRTHDAY
Barnes and Noble.
It's Elmo's birthday and we want to celebrate! There will be activities, stickers, crafts, and fun. Charlottesville Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
January 17-February 21, Thursdays
PRESCHOOL PALS
JMRL-Northside Library.
Thirty minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds who are ready to enjoy independent learning. Northside Library.  10:15am & 11:15am.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
January 29-March 21, Tuesdays or Thursdays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME
JMRL-Gordon Avenue Library.
Simple stories, rhymes, and songs for children under 23 months and caregiver. This special time supports early literacy and language skills by encouraging singing, playing, talking, and reading. Gordon Avenue Library.  9:30-10:15pm Tuesdays, 11:30am-12:15pm Thursdays.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
January 28-March 11 & April 1-29, Mondays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME
JMRL- Central Library.
Ten to 15 minutes of simple stories, rhymes, and songs chosen to enhance your wee one's language development followed by time to play and socialize. Designed for babies ages birth-24 months with a caregiver. Session 1: January-March, Session 2: April. Central Library.  9:30-10am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
January 23, February 27, March 27, April 24 & May 22, Fourth Wesnesdays
CUENTOS Y CANCIONES BILINGUAL STORYTIME
JMRL-Central Library.
Enjoy a special storytime in both English and Spanish featuring favorite stories, rhymes and songs in both languages to help you and your little one learn some basic Spanish. Central Library.  4-4:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
Third Saturdays
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: BILINGUAL STORYTIME
Barnes and Noble.
Bilingual Storytime for Children is held the third Saturday of each month. Readings will be done by Ali Sullivan of Spanish Moves! Cuentos bilingües para Niños este evento se celebra el cuarto sábado de cada. Las lecturas serán realizadas por Ali Sullivan de movimientos españoles! Ven y participa en la hora de los cuentos bilingues el tercer sábado de cada mes. Habrá cuentos, canciones y actividades. Charlottesville Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
Final Saturdays
SATURDAY STORIES
JMRL - Central.
Stop by for a special storytime treat in the Children’s Room the last Saturday of the month. All families are welcome, including stuffed animals. Donuts with Dad will be a specialty storytime offered February 24. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151 . 
 
Saturdays
STORYTIME AT NEW DOMINION BOOKSHOP
New Dominion Bookshop.
Young children welcome to come to the mezzanine of the bookshop. A staff member will read classic, as well as new books to the group. New Dominion Bookshop.  Directions: 404 East Main St..  11am & 1pm.  $free.  Contact: Julia Kudravetz.  Email: ndb@cstone.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-2552. 
 
STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular Storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to the AF Kid's Events and Activities Calendar for Storytime Events to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more.
 
Wednesdays September-December
TODDLER TIME
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
A program for babies and toddlers emphasizing simple concepts, patterns and unconditional acceptance. This 20-minute activity includes books, songs, fingerplays and flannel board stories. Scottsville Library.  10am.  $Free.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
Wednesdays in January
WEEKLY STORYTIME
Barnes & Noble.
Enjoy this new weekly event, featuring fun stories and activities for everyone to enjoy. Barracks Shopping Center Barnes & Noble.  10am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-6598 . 
 
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January 26 & 27, Saturday & Sunday
HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS IN CONCERT
Altria Theater.
Relive the magical adventure of Harry Potter's second year at school like never before. This concert features Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in high-definition while the Richmond Symphony performs John Williams' otherworldly score. The January 26th show starts at 7:30pm & the January 27th show starts at 1pm. Altria Theater, Richmond.  $Varies.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-514-3849. 
 
February 4, Monday
ARTS EDUCATION PRODUCTION: CAT IN THE HAT
The Wayne Theatre.
The mission of this program is to present the best educational theater that engages children of all ages in meaningful ways, complements school curricula, and cultivates appreciation of the performing arts. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  9:30am & 12:30pm.  $7.50.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
February 12-16, Tuesday-Saturday
WAITRESS
Altria Theater.
Sara Bareilles, a six-time Grammy nominee, created this unforgettable musical and launched it with the help of an all-female team. Don't miss an opportunity to catch a performance during a week-long run in Richmond. Tickets on sale November 30 at 10am. Altria Theater, Richmond.  Directions: 6 North Laurel St.  Varies by date.  $43.50 and up.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-514-3849. 
 
January 25 - March 3
HUCK & TOM AND THE MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI
Virginia Repertory Theatre.
This Virginia Rep original adaptation brings Mark Twains two classic American novels into one fast-paced, footstompin musical adventure down the Mississippi. Approximately 1 hour, no intermission. Suggested for ages 6 - 12. The Children's Theatre at Willow Lawn, Richmond.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-282-2620. 
 
THEATRE PERFORMANCE GROUPS
Charlottesville-Albemarle is filled with talent! Your young dancer or actor is sure to find a class or group to enjoy. Look to our AF Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round to find many terrific organizations offering dance classes and theatre classes. Also, watch the Family Events and Festivals Calendar for specific performances and review the AK Guide to Family Fun Year-Round to see which groups do shows for families.
 

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